News & Events

CAFOD COLLECTION: The second collection after all Masses next weekend – 24/25 February will be in aid of CAFOD.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY is on Friday 23 February.  Are you able to give up a meal or eat simply to support our brothers and sisters who are starving?  By fasting we can focus on our relationship wity to help some of the world’s most needy.  This year your gift will have double impact as every £1 you give will be matched by the Government.  If you are able to support this please can you use the Gift Aid envelopes as this also increases the value of your gift by 25%.  

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CONFIRMATION 2018: Bishop Peter will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday 27th June at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone for a number of the parishes in our Cluster. If you, or one of your family, is in Year 8 or above and would like to be part of the preparation programme, please pick up an application form from the sacristy or contact the parish office, office@mk-Cluster.co.uk for further details.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018:  If you wish to register for First Holy Communion classes, please email details to jayne.fagan@btinternet.com

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: All are welcome to meditate on The Way of The Cross every Friday at 7 pm in the Church throughout Lent.

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TRAIDCRAFT BIG BREW: The Traidcraft Annual Big Brew will be held after both Masses on the weekend of 3/4 March.  There will be the usual Traidcraft stall with a few extra items including Mother’s Day gifts, cakes and savouries, as well as a raffle, Guess the Name of the Panda and, of course, Fairtrade tea, coffee and nibbles.  The proceeds go to support Traidcraft’s ‘Hidden Entrepreneur Appeal’ which focuses on people in developing countries who have the talent and determination to succeed but lack the opportunity.  This year proceeds will be doubled by the UK Government.  Everyone is welcome to come, join in the fun and help others to build a better future for their families and themselves. M Carrel

PARISH MASS ASSISTANTS ROTA: The present rota runs out on 18th February and Fr Francis has asked me to prepare one for the coming year. There are vacancies for Altar Servers, Readers of the Scripture Readings, Readers of the Bidding Prayers, taking the Offertory Gifts (hosts and wine) to the altar and doing the collections. If you would like to get involved in any of these tasks once every 5 weeks please send me an email at peter.sayer1@btinternet.com saying what you would like to do and at which Mass and I will do my best to accommodate you. Training can be arranged.    Peter Sayer  

SHARING OUR FAITH  If you, a friend or a family member would like to find out more about becoming a Catholic, we will meet on Monday evenings in term time at 8 pm in St Augustine’s Presbytery.  Please feel free to simply come along.   Fr Francis                

CHRISTIAN NEWS MAGAZINE: Annual fees for Christian News magazine are now due.   Envelopes will be attached to the March edition of the magazine.  Please put your £5 subscription into the envelope and return via the collection plate.  Extra copies are available each month at the cost of 50p.  You can find these on the Catholic Newspapers stand.  Please remember to put your 50p in the square box.  If you wish to receive the magazine on a yearly basis, please let me know:  Tel:  01908 670059 or email me at marywilshin@onetel.com

  wedding bellsWEDDINGS IN 2018: If you are planning to marry in any of our parishes in the Milton Keynes Cluster, or if you live here and are planning to marry elsewhere, please contact Gillian in the Parish Office to arrange the administrative details.  Email: office@mk-cluster.co.uk Tel: 01908 221228 

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Please support the World Day of Prayer ecumenical service on Friday 2 March at 7 pm in St Michael’s Anglican Church, Church Road, Woburn SandsIf you would like to read a part of a female character during the service on behalf of St Mary’s, there are two roles available.  Please contact me via email – miriam_oneill@hotmail.com                                  

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Canon Seamus Keenan of The Holy Child & St. Joseph’s Bedford will be leading this pilgrimage from 3rd-7th September 2018.  Join in the 160th Anniversary of the first apparition, follow in the footsteps of St. Bernadette.  See poster on notice board for full details.  Cost £595 per person (based on 2 or more sharing a room).  Tel:  01234 352569                       

Retreat/Holiday in Flanders 8th-15th June 2018: flanders

Once again this lovely retreat is happening staying in a convent in Flanders.  Excursions to the Menin Gate, Ypres for the Last Post, the coast, Bruges and a mystery location. Ideal for anyone on their own. Organised by Dorothy Goodhew. Cost around £600.  Poster on notice board or phone 0123475075

Used Stamps:  Please save your used stamps and place in box on table at back of Church.  These help raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Online Form for Church Giving: For more information about secure giving click here. To download a form click here  (Northampton Diocese website).

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